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Sweden just adapted its old Cold War strategy, in which a fighter aircraft can be operated from regular roads instead of fully-fledged runways to suit modern day scenarios. The F21 Wing calls it “a new concept” which was tested at the Vidsel Airbase recently. The testing saw a Gripen serviced, re-armed and re-fuelled by six personnel, using only two modified support vans and a fuel truck. The Gripen pilot and the six aircraft technicians operated entirely on their own. Having aircraft dispersed over a larger area increases the survivability of the Armed Forces in times of war, making it harder for the enemy to hit.

As a report in Forsvarsmakten says, it takes team effort to raise military capabilities in war units. This new concept pushes the team to work together to achieve high availability with the resources at disposal. According to Forsvarsmakten, years ago, such exercises were conducted regularly. However, it has not been practiced for many years and now is the time to develop the skill again.

In the months to come, there will be more tests like this at Vidsel and Luleå-Kallax and at Jokkmokk. ​

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten

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From top-of-the-class in the United States to test pilot at Saab: Marcus Wandt is one of the chosen few whose job it is to get Gripen E ready for its maiden flight.

The engineer, fighter pilot and former airborne ranger has been employed full time as a test pilot at Saab for a couple of years. Right now, a lot of the work involves getting Gripen E flight-ready.

“It’s my job to observe and analyse how the aircraft operates,” he says. “There’s a high degree of engineering thinking involved. When a fighter pilot finds that ‘it’s difficult to aim’, it’s the responsibility of the test pilot to go one step further and find out how many degrees the nose is swinging.”

Wandt has, over a period of one and a half years at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), flown a number of different types of aircraft – everything from gliders and 50-year-old taildraggers to seaplanes and modern fighter aircraft.

“It’s incredibly stimulating to go along on that journey,” he says. “I’ve never previously experienced the same subtle communication between a fighter aircraft and pilot. When I sit in the aircraft, I feel enormous respect for the engineers behind the system. Everyone who has toiled on their small part of the project is involved.”

Read the full story here.​

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The Saab team at FIDAE 2016

Saab presented a full scale model of a Gripen NG at the International Air & Space Fair, FIDAE in Chile last week.  A centerpiece at the show, the model generated a lot of buzz, both amongst the public and various Air Forces. A long queue of people was seen waiting for their turn to sit in the full scale replica of the new generation fighter.

The event was held between 29th March and April 3rd 2016. On the 31st, there was a special pilot get-together at the Saab chalet where pilots from different Air Forces got a short brief about Gripen and also talked to Swedish Gripen pilots.


Since October 2015, approximately 50 engineers and technicians have come to Sweden with their families, to receive theoretical and practical training at Saab’s facilities based in Linköping. 

All Brazilian engineers and technicians will receive specific training according to their roles in the programme. Over time, more than 350 Brazilians will participate in the technology transfer programme, which covers approximately 60 major projects. 

To show the co-operation between Saab and Brazilian industrial partners in the Gripen NG programme, Saab presents the web series "True Collaboration​" (Colaboração Real, in Portuguese). The series will follow five Brazilian engineers and their families, who are in Sweden to take part in this exciting journey. 

In addition to presenting the expectations of each one of participants, the chapters of the series will address their arrival in Sweden, the theoretical and practical training, and how the knowledge acquired will be shared amongst their colleagues upon their return to Brazil.

The videos will be available on www.gripen.com/br and in the social channels of Saab do Brasil (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google +), and of Saab AB (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram). 


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Gripen is designed with the future firmly in mind. It is compatible with your existing systems and can integrate future technology as it is developed.

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Photo: Gunnar Åkerberg

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Finnish blogger Robin Häggblom visited a Gripen hangar at F 7 Skaraborg Wing where test pilot André Brännström, a former Swedish Air Force pilot, gave him a tour of Gripen hangar. A Gripen pilot has to keep himself up to date with all the new systems and hence Brännström still occasionally flies for the Air Force in order to understand the operator’s point of view, he says. Brännström participated in ACE15 last year where he got to perform a mission with a Finnish F/A-18C Hornet in a 1-vs-1 scenario.

Writing about his tour, Häggblom notes, “In the hangar, a single Gripen fighter stood parked. ‘39214’ sported the cat paw of the Såtenäs-based F 7 Skaraborg Wing, and represented the latest standard in 39C development, what Saab calls the Edition 20. In practice, this means that the aircraft features improvements to the radar and adds the capability to employ METEOR long-range air-to-air missiles and GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs, a 110 kg guided bomb with pop-out wings that give it the ability to glide towards it target,​ both of which will be key weapons in the arsenal of the 39E when it enters service. The Edition 20 is to be introduced in regular service within the next few weeks.”

Read the full story here.

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In a recent video interview by Novinky.cz, Deputy Commander Martin Nezbeda and Czech Air Force pilot Lieutenant Milan Nykodym talk about the Gripen aircraft and the roles and responsibilities of the 211th Tactical Squadron.

“211th tactical squadron is responsible for securing the integrity of the Czech Republic's airspace through the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS). The entire squadron comprises of 140 personnel out of whom 20 are flight crew members,” says Colonel Martin Nezbeda.

Milan Nykodym talks about the ongoing daily training missions at the Squadron. “These air missions are mostly carried out in the Czech Republic itself. One of the largest training areas is over the Krkonoše Mountains. Another one is located in the south of Žďár nad Sázavou and Šumperk. These areas are used for trainings of the air combat missions that are demanding in terms of space,” he says.

Lieutenant Nykodym adds that Standard pre-flight preparation takes one hour. If an aircraft is a part of the quick reaction alert system i.e. that of the Czech Republic, it must be ready to take off within 15 minutes of the signal. Gripen has a quick turnaround time of 10 minutes during which a team of technicians and five conscripts can re-arm, refuel, and perform basic inspections and servicing before returning to flight.

Watch the video and read the full story here

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Last week, school children met with experts at the 21st Tactical Air Force Base in Čáslav and took a tour of the Air Base to know how things work around there. 

Both kids and their teachers were very keen to meet Gripen pilots. "How can I become a Gripen pilot?" one of the kids asked.

"You should focus on Maths, Physics, English and Physical Education," the pilot answered, adding that physical fitness is very important. There will be maneuvers during flight in which a pilot may be subjected to high levels of accelerations. Hence, pilots have to go through the Centrifuge 9G Training.

The kids were also familiarized with the roles and responsibilities of the personnel at the 21st Tactical Air Force Base. They were shown videos from the Baltic and Iceland missions pointing out how it is challenging and beautiful at the same time.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: afbcaslav.cz​

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While the first Gripen NG will be launched on May 18, visitors at the FIDAE 2016 International Air & Space Fair can get a glimpse of the new generation fighter today itself. The event that kickstarts today at the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago, Chile will have a full scale model of Gripen NG aircraft at its external chalet A6.

Besides Gripen, Air System Early Warning and Control, Giraffe Surface Radar and Land Combat Weapons are among some of the products and features that Saab will display at FIDAE 2016. 

Post the Saab Brazil deal of 36 new generation Gripen Aircraft, the Latin American market has attained significant importance for Saab. According to Frederick Gustafson, head of sales and marketing at Saab for Latin America, “Saab is known throughout Latin America as a reliable partner and a source of security technologies and strategic defense, which is helping to protect societies and nations. We are proud to partner with our customers and we see a huge potential for new businesses. Our intelligent, flexible and affordable solutions enhance resources and resolve threats and real problems throughout the region. There is no other company that has a portfolio of high quality products, tested and approved as ours.”

FIDAE 2016 will be held from 29 March to 3 April 2016 and you can visit the Saab stand at E47.

Read the full story here.

​​​Under the Brazilian Transfer of Technology Program, 350 Brazilian engineers will work alongside Saab in developing Gripen NG. 

About 50 Brazilian professionals and their families have already reached Sweden. For the families, it has been a new experience as Sweden is a different country with different climatic conditions.

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